What Is the Best Treatment for a Benzodiazepine Addiction?


Created On: Saturday, 12, October 2019
Modified On: Thursday, 17, October 2019

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration outlines a brief withdrawal timeline for benzos.  The withdrawal can start within one to four days after the last dose.  The symptoms can peak around the second week and can last months or even up to a year.  This is the most extreme outcome if nothing is done to manage or correct the withdrawal symptoms.  Medical detox is the best initial solution because withdrawal symptoms can be medically supervised.  Medical detox will ensure you are physically able to start your therapy and counseling.  The detox process will be lengthy and does not happen overnight. 

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Short-term or long-term residential drug rehab is the best option.  Because of the physical toll the drugs have, you will need time to repair your body.  Nutritional therapy is important and should be part of the treatment process.  This will help eliminate lingering withdrawal effects and make the therapy easier to go through.  There are countless reasons why anyone would choose to continue taking a drug they don't need.  Despite the physical addiction, you must discover the underlying reasons why.  This can take time and long-term treatment provides the best solutions.  Whichever counseling or therapy process it may be. 

Once rehabilitation is complete it is important to continue working on your physical health.  Along with this, staying connected to other sober people is important.  Aftercare treatment is never a bad idea even if it is counseling or a support group.  Benzodiazepines are a popular drug in the United States and marketed very well.  It can be easy to fall back into the routine of needing the drug in your life.  There will still be those memories about how the drug made you feel.  If you do not have the proper tools or knowledge to push aside those feeling it is easy to slip up.  Well-rounded and lengthy treatment is always the best solution to help you overcome your addiction.